Christmas Pick of the Line 24.12.10 – 30.12.10

Skream is at Fabric on Boxing Day. Photo: Mirozeb on Flickr


Hand Made Tales: Women and Domestic Crafts at the Women’s Library

Christmas is always a good time to remember words like ‘tradition’, ‘craft’ and all the ways a woman can make snowy days warm and cosy. The Women’s Library picks up on the current revival of crafts that some regarded as dated such as sewing or gardening.

Visitors have the opportunity to engage with some of the works and test their own perceptions and techniques. There has to be a reason these crafts survived through history so don’t be afraid to discover why.

The Women’s Library: 25 Old Castle Street, E1 7NT, tel: +44(0)2073202222.


Barb Jungr at the Vortex

After her Australian tour Barb Jungr visits Dalston’s Vortex jazz bar to perform songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, David Byrne and many more. Simon Wallace will be by her side, using his piano to reinvent old classics too good to fade away.

The Vortex: 11 Gillett Square, N16 8AZ.

Entrance Fee: £12

Starts at 8.30 pm


Fabriclive: FWD>>Rinse Boxing Day Party at Fabric

This line-up was made in heaven. While the clock is ticking away with the expectation for the new year building-up, legendary London radio station Rinse FM and FWD>> promoters present the best of the best in what we have come to perceive as the sub-bass soul of the Big Smoke.

The list of the DJs and produces due to take control of the decks at Fabric is literally mind-blowing. Zinc, Plastician, Skream, Benga, Roska, Sian and a multitude of other upcoming musicians will make sure this Boxing Day will be a night to remember.

Fabric: 77 Charterhouse St, EC1M 3HN, tel: +44(0)2073368898.


Crèche Christmas Gathering with Glimpse Live and Maya Jane Coles at the Queen of Hoxton

Creche present DJ Magazine’s ‘producer of the year’ for 2009, in his first live show. Glimpse has released his ‘Drifting’ E.P. on Carl Craig’s monumental Planet E label with Cadenza, Crosstown Rebels and Get Physical also supporting his body of work.

The line-up also includes British-Japanese upcoming house artist Maya Jane Coles joined by likes of Alexis Raphael, Cozzy D, Lee Brinx, Johnny Mikes, Tom Webb and Aaron Ashley.

The Queen of Hoxton: 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX

Entrance Fee: Free before 3pm, £5 after.

The event is guest-list only so you’ll have to submit your name here: CRECHELONDON@GMAIL.COM


Lone, D/R/U/G/S, Martin Kemp, Street of Beige and FTWD DJs at The Old Blue Last

One of the most important pre-New Year’s Eve parties in the East End will host Nottingham producer Lone, electro band D/R/U/G/S and aspiring DJs who will keep the dancefloor pounding for the rest of the night.

Lone (aka Matt Culter) is a 21st century offspring of Boards of Canada, filtering their utopian soundscapes through his own dream-hop vision. He has already collaborated with Warp producing a remix for Bibio and Werk  Discs who released his sophomore album ‘Ecstasy & Friends’.

D/R/U/G/S will take the night to the next level with their infectious electro beats that need no drugs to make that night work.

The Old Blue Last: 38 Great Eastern St, tel: +44(0)2077397033, Shoreditch

Entrance: free



This Is Tomorrow at Whitechapel Gallery

Whitechapel Gallery takes a look in its past hosting again its iconic show ‘This Is Tomorrow’. The 1950s exhibition comprised works created by polymorphic groups each containing an architect, a designer, an artist and a theorist.

The show, whose theme was the ‘modern’ day of living, intrigues theorists, artists and curators to this day. For its new presentation , Whitechapel decided to showcase not just the works themselves but a documentation of the production process, the original promotional artwork and more archival material.

‘This Is Tomorrow’ will be running until March 6, 2011 but the holidays are always the ideal opportunity to check those must-see exhibitions that you know shouldn’t just say notes in your agenda.

Whitechapel Gallery: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX, tel:+44(0)2075227888.

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